Kyoto is one of Japan’s most popular destinations all year round, and spring is no exception. In fact, spring can be the busiest season in Japan’s ancient capital! During some peak weekends in April especially, many Kyoto hotels run out of vacancies as people from far and wide gather to see the city’s beautiful cherry blossoms, making this a tough time to make hotel reservations.
However, we here at JAPANiCAN want to make sure you don’t miss out! If you’re having trouble finding a room in Kyoto in April, here are our 3 top tips:
1. Stay in neighboring Osaka
That’s right, our first tip for Kyoto hotels in spring is…stay in Osaka! Osaka has a wide range of hotels for any budget, and Osaka Station is only 27 minutes away (JPY 1,680) from Kyoto Station by Limited Express Thunderbird train (with reserved seating), or 29 minutes away (JPY 540) by Tokaido Line Limited Express train (free seating).
Staying in Osaka will not only give you easy access to Kyoto, but it will also give you the chance to take in more of what the Kansai Region has to offer! Check out Japan’s most visited tourist attraction, Osaka Castle, the famous Dotonboribashi (Dotonbori Bridge) hang out, and try the ever-popular dish of Osaka-style okonomiyaki! Nara is also a short train ride away.
2. Book transportation and specially reserved hotel rooms through the Train &
Hotel Package, and save money!
If you purchase your shinkansen (bullet train) tickets and accommodation together with a Train & Hotel Package through JAPANiCAN, you can gain access to rooms in otherwise “sold out” hotels while saving money!
3. Take a one-day return trip from Tokyo
Sunrise Tours also offers a variety of day trips to Kyoto from Tokyo, allowing you to get around all the main sights in one day without having to worry about finding a hotel room there!